Dairy delight for long-serving cows

January 10, 2017

Four cows have celebrated reaching – and exceeding – their 10th anniversaries with Chichester College this week.

The Dairy Shorthorn cows were presented with long service awards by agriculture students at Brinsbury, the countryside campus of Chichester College.

The ceremony was part of the campus’ end of term celebrations.

Brinsbury Margot, Digitalis and Symphony have all spent ten years at the college, while Rantonhall Baroness has completed 12 years’ service – and produced a stunning 68,092 litre of milk for the college.

Only Brinsbury Margot was able to attend the ceremony, as the other three cows prefer to stay out of the limelight.

Dan Stamper, farm manager at Chichester College, said: “We felt it was important to mark the achievement of these four cows and to highlight how seriously we take animal health and welfare on the farm.

“It is absolutely vital to get this right to ensure our cows enjoy healthy, happy and long lives.”

The four cows are the matriarchs of the college herd, with many daughters, granddaughters and great granddaughters throughout the herd.

Baroness, from the Rantonhall herd of Dairy Shorthorns in the North West, moved to the college in 2004 and recently calved her twelfth calf, a white heifer, also named Baroness in October 2016.

The 150 dairy cows graze from March until November in paddocks, with 12-hour grass allocations. Students are involved in all aspects of dairy farming from the measurement of grass to the twice daily milking of the cows.

Dan Stamper added: “We hope that by sharing our celebration of these cows, it gives UK consumers’ confidence that the standards on dairy farms are very high.”